Welcome to my blog, my name is Daisy. A few years ago, my husband and I purchased an old house which required a lot of work. We spent many weeks gutting the place and installing new flooring, painting the walls and clearing the garage space of junk. However, my favourite part of renovating the house was the roof. I loved climbing onto the roof to inspect the tiles, removing and recycling the broken ones and replacing the gaps with new tiles. I also learnt how to waterproof and maintain our roof so that we can avoid problems in the future. I started this blog to help others who are interested in carrying out restoration or repair work on the roof of their home.
You may consider a roof replacement when you feel your existing roof is reaching the end of its service life or perhaps you simply want to try a different roofing option. You need to be very careful in making any decisions related to your roof replacement project. Otherwise, you may end up spending a lot of money on a poorly installed roof. For this reason, here are a couple of factors that can make your project a success.
Roofing Over Is a Bad Idea
Roof replacements are usually very costly, and part of the reason the projects are expensive is because the existing roof has to be removed first. This comes with labour costs. For this reason, some homeowners prefer 'roofing over', which simply involves installing the new roofing over the old one as a way to save money. While this can save you some money in the upfront costs of your roof replacement project, it may actually cost you a lot more in the long run. This is because installing a roof over another one can lead to moisture problems and heat build-up, both of which aren't good for any roof. Besides, the underlying decking on the old roof could be damaged, and roofing over means those damages will remain unrepaired.
Take Advantage of Off-Seasons
Since roof replacements are often expensive, scheduling your project in the off-season can help you save some money. Don't schedule your project in late summer and autumn. These seasons are usually the busiest for many roofing contractors because the weather is predictable so they don't have to worry about weather interference. When the demand is high, prices are likely to go up, and scheduling appointments with roofing contractors might be harder. For this reason, early summer and spring are good seasons to start your project. Some contractors may even offer you off-season prices that are much lower than the standard prices.
You can never be comfortable with any budget because you don't know when you might need to go over the budget, so saving a few dollars is a plus.
Be Keen On the Choice of Materials
If you have to replace your roof, then it might be time to upgrade it. That is, you want to consider more durable options. For instance, if you had wood shingles, you may want to try more durable choices such as clay tiles, slate tiles, or metal roofs. The rule of the thumb is to choose something that will hold up well to extreme weather elements, is fireproof, and can resist rot and mould. A metal roof can be an ideal choice.